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Eating Cake [Paperback]

Stella Duffy
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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20 May 1999
Lisa's life seems perfect in every way - she has a loving husband, a comfortable home and a successful career. But she wants more. So she embarks on an illicit affair with her best friend's boyfriend and then seeks further thrills with a female colleague.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (20 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340715626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340715628
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,753,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stella Duffy was born in London and grew up in New Zealand. She has written thirteen novels, over fifty short stories, and ten plays. In addition to her writing work, she is also a theatre director and performer. She lives in London.

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'A sassy, frank and wickedly convincing page-turner’ (List )

'A witty and candid tale' (New Woman )

'A darker offering than usual from the witty Stella Duffy...With typical assurance Duffy examines the thirty-something IKEA generation and finds hidden strengths within the self-delusion and hypocrisy' (Gay Times ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

New Woman

'A witty and candid tale' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
With "Eating Cake", Stella Duffy has provided a brilliantly cynical view of modern day relationships. The book follows the life of Lisa, a successful business woman who seems to have the perfect life ... husband, friends and work. But somehow this isn't enough, and she searches for more, with devestating consequences.
The beauty of any Stella Duffy novel (and in particular this book and "Singling out the couples") is that she somehow creates characters for whom sympathy and dislike can easily co-exsist. Lisa is selfish, yes ... but the desires that she has are similar to those that many of us feel at various stages in our life ... is she strong or weak for acting upon them? Couple this with an impressive use of language that can make a single sentence work on many levels, and you have a fair view of what the novel accoplishes.
I would strongly recommend that anyone with a single cynical bone in their body read this book ... and then, if they have not already done so, check out "Singling out the couples". I look forward to the next Duffy novel in this vein.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have a piece of this cake.. 3 April 2003
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This is not a book for the faint of heart, like most of Ms Duffy's books, but what you will find is insightful, perceptive writing, sometimes achingly so. Duffy has a unique lyrical style that not only makes her a sheer joy to read but also ensures that her witty, on target writing finds a most appreciative audience. Buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Damn near perfect 3 April 2003
By A Customer
Painfully accurate about our ambivalent, messy relationships with lovers, friends and family. The central character is not always easy to like (I doubt she's meant to be) but all to easy to recognise - if you haven't got into her situation yet, you'll have friends who have, and found themselves behaving in ways that they would never have expected. And without being a morality tale, the book confronts Lisa with the consequences of her actions - though not necessarily how or when you would expect it ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, tear jerking and passionate 17 April 2000
By A Customer
I couldn't put this one down, I felt like it was impossible to hate Lisa even though you knew she was being completely selfish. The author made you feel as though you could be Lisa. I haven't cried so much at a book before, and even at the end I still wanted more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, thought provoking, excellant 1 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Have you ever wondered what it must be like having feelings for another when you are in a marriage? What do you do about it? Read this book and it make help you make your mind up. It is witty, sad (I cried), perceptive and close to the truth in examining feelings one should not own up to having. Stella Duffy's books are brilliant and having read everyone of them, I hunger for more. Definately one to go and buy. 10/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book that many women will relate to 5 Jan 2000
By A Customer
I haven't cried reading a book since I was 19 reading Thomas Hardy, until I read Eating Cake. The main character in the book is at the same time someone that you can relate to and someone that you can dislike because she sucuumbs to one of the basest human needs - desire. But she doesn't deserve wht she gets...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stella Duffy et moi, c'est comme le réflexe de Pavlov, j'en...
Eating Cake, c'est l'histoire de Lisa qui fait une crise de la trentaine et se réveille un beau matin terrassée par l'ennui : son boulot, sa vie maritale et sexuelle... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by Carine
1.0 out of 5 stars Mouldy and stale
I've read and rather enjoyed Stella Duffy's crime novels. But this almost unreadable and needed editing with a pick-axe. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The work of Satan, but a must-read all the same.
A translucent dissection of consuming passions and consumer mores, Eating Cake is the most wicked exposition of contemporary urban values since Brett Easton Ellis's 'American... Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious & two-dimensional
A bored 30-something finds her loving husband, career and home unfulfilling and, spurred on by a voyeuristic glimpse of her neighbors having sex, embarks on an affair with her best... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars An utterly uninspiring read
The four main characters are two-dimensional and completely lack credibility. The heroine is narcissistic and self-obsessed and Duffy consistently fails to generate any empathy... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Self-absorbed rubbish
I started reading what my friends describe as "girlie books" recently and this is definatley the worst of the bunch. Not a patch on Man and Boy by Tony Parsons. Read more
Published on 26 April 2000
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